This is a large and major textbook devoted to the therapy for pediatric disorders. Considering its length and scope, it is fair to say that Practical Pediatric Therapy is likely the most comprehensive text of this kind currently available. Its lead author, Heinz Eichenwald, is well known to American pediatricians, but who is Josef Ströder? He is director emeritus of the Universitäts Kinderklinik in Würtzburg, West Germany. From both sides of the Atlantic, these two have collaborated in editing a truly internationally authored and published text in both the United States and West Germany. Its authors, numbering about a hundred, have been selected so that there is transatlantic representation for each chapter. Thus, the lead authors of each chapter in the US edition are Americans. Such an international production may be a first and is a tribute to modern rapid communication and Comsat.
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